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Theatre Uncut plays are released for limited periods each year to encourage mass simultaneous performances across the world. Details of the 2016 release period will be announced soon.

We are working hard to make the whole Theatre Uncut back catalogue available to download as ebooks and to buy in print. Currently only the original collection of 2011 plays are available, published by Oberon, and can be purchased here.

Please note that rights for all past Theatre Uncut plays have now returned to the authors: please contact info@theatreuncut.com to request rights from the writers for any public performance.

THE THEATRE UNCUT CATALOGUE

2016

THEATRE UNCUT: REFUGEE  6 plays created in collaboration with the Danish Teater Grob. 

These six short plays offer a thought provoking and often moving analysis of Europe’s response to the events that have seen many thousands of people risk everything in the attempt to escape war, terrorism and poverty in the Middle East and Northern Africa.

6 writers had 6 days to create 6 plays that respond to Northern Europe's response to current level of migration. They offer a thought provoking and often moving analysis of Europe’s response to the events that have seen many thousands of people risk everything in the attempt to escape war, terrorism and poverty in the Middle East and Northern Africa.

The writers are: Joan Rang Christensen (Denmark), Aleksa Okanovic (Denmark), Henrik Szklany (Denmark), Atiha Sen Gupta (UK), Berkun Oya (Turkey), Sabrina Mahfouz (UK)

The plays were available for anyone to perform anywhere between the 1st - 30th November 2016 and were downloaded in 17 countries across 4 continents. We requested all proceeds go the charity Médecins Sans Frontières www.msf.org.uk

2015

APATHY by Chris Goode - to mark the UK general election

Theatre Uncut launched this specially-commissioned piece of work by Chris Goode to mark the 2015 general election.

Apathy is the story of 15 characters all aged between 18 and 22 who had their first opportunity to vote in a general election on 7th May 2015.

It is a unique theatrical creation designed to encourage people to consider their own sense of social responsibility leading up to the 2015 general election. It can be read on its own, or used as a provocation to devise performances which explore its themes, or as a starting-point for debate.

Apathy was downloaded and performed, or used as inspiration, by participants all over the world between 7th April and 7th May 2015 

WALKING THE TIGHTROPE: THE TENSION BETWEEN ART AND POLITICS  

Created by Offstage Theatre in association with Theatre Uncut

12 short plays exploring freedom of expression in the UK arts, written in response to issues of censorship and boycott that arose due to the cancellation of cultural events at the Underbelly, Barbican and the Tricycle in 2014. 

Contributing writers: Caryl Churchill, Ryan Craig, April De Angelis, Tim Fountain, Hannah Khalil, Neil LaBute, Hattie Naylor, Gbolahan Obisesan, Julia Pascal, Evan Placey, Mark Ravenhill and Sarah Solemani.

Premiered at Theatre Delicatessen, London in January 2015, directed by Cressida Brown and Kirsty Housley.

Particpants downloaded and performed these plays across the world between 2nd and 9th February 2015. 

2014

For the 2014 flagship plays, the following theme was chosen after a public consultation:

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER, KNOWLEDGE IS CHANGE

The flagship plays were:

Pachamama by Clara Brennan

Reset Everything by Inua Ellams

The Most Horrific by Vivienne Franzmann

The Finger of God by Anders Lustgarten

Ira Provitt and The Man by Hayley Squires 

The plays premiered at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh in August 2014, directed by Hannah Price, Emma Callander and Emily Reutlinger.

They then completed Theatre Uncut's first ever flagship tour in autumn 2014, directed by Hannah Price: visiting the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh; Oran Mor, Glasgow (part of A Play, A Pie and A Pint); Soho Theatre, London; Brighton Dome; Bristol Old Vic; the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury; and Liverpool Playhouse.

These plays were also performed by participants across the world between 13th November and 13th December 2015. 

The 2014 plays were developed and produced with generous support from Arts Patrons Trust, Arts Council England's Grants for the Arts programme, The Mercers Company, The Unity Theatre Trust, FORGE, English Touring Theatre's talent development programme and seed commissions from Bristol Old Vic and A Play, A Pie and a Pint at the Oran Mor.

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE DEBATE

Five of Scotland’s most exiting writers were asked to respond to the historic debate in rapid response over just one week. The plays they created were:

Don’t Know, Don’t Care by Davey Anderson

Fear and Self Loathing in West Lothian by Davey Anderson

Party Pieces by Rob Drummond

The White Lightning and the Black Stag by Lewis Hetherington

Close by Kieran Hurley

The 12.57 by AJ Taudevin

The plays premiered at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh in August 2014, directed by Hannah Price, Emma Callander and Emily Reutlinger.

The plays were also performed by participants across the UK between the 11th and 21st September 2015.

2013

THE RISE OF THE RIGHT 

With the rise of support for both centre- and far-right wing parties across the world, we asked our writers to respond to the question 'Do we all get more right wing in hard times?'

The plays were:

True or False by Davey Anderson

The Wing by Clara Brennan

Project Night by Tanika Gupta

Amanda by Kieran Hurley

Pick One by Neil LaBute

Capitalism is Crisis by Tim Price

Church Forced to Put Up Gates After Font Used as Wash Basin by Migrants by Mark Thomas

We also created The Recipe, a set of provocations created by Rachel Chavkin of acclaimed American theatre company the TEAM, which anyone could use to devise their own performance. Companies that devised from the Recipe with us at the Traverse & Young Vic were: Theatre Ad Infinitum, Curious DirectiveTortoise in a NutshellThe Wardrobe EnsembleDumbshow, Metta Theatre, Molino Group and Le Mot Juste.

The plays premiered at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh in August 2013, directed by Hannah Price, Emma Callander and Emily Reutlinger. This initial production won the Fringe First Award.

They were then performed at the Young Vic, London in November 2013, directed by Emma Callander and Hannah Price.

Participants performed these plays across the world between 1st and 30th November 2013.

2012

INTERNATIONAL

With riots spreading across the UK, the Occupy Movement in full swing, austerity measures taking effect and the Arab Spring spreading across the Middle East, we asked writers from around the world to ‘tell us what is happening in your country right now’.

The plays were:

A Chance Encounter by Mohammad Al Attar, translated by Clem Naylor (Syria)

Spine by Clara Brennan (UK)

The Birth Of My Violence by Marco Canale (Spain)

Dead Point by Blanca Domenéch (Spain)

Dalgety by David Greig (UK)

The Price by Lena Kitsopoulou, translated by Aliki Chapple (Greece)

In The Beginning by Neil LaBute (USA)

The Breakout by Anders Lustgarten (UK)

Immigrant by Laila Soliman (Egypt)

250 Words by Stef Smith (UK)

Indulge by Andri Snær Magnason and Thorleifur Örn Arnarsson (Iceland)

Blondie by Hayley Squires (UK)

They premiered at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh in August 2012, directed by Hannah Price, Emma Callander and Emily Reutlinger. This production won the Fringe First, Herald Angel and Spirit of the Fringe Awards and was shortlisted for the Amnesty International Freedom of Speech Award.

They then performed at the Young Vic, London in November 2012, directed by Emma Callander, Kirsty Housley & Hannah Price, with emerging directors also invited to direct readings.

The plays were also performed at Theatre Row in New York in January 2013, directed by Emily Reutlinger, Cressida Brown and Catrin Evans, supported by the Carol Tambor Foundation.

Participants across the world performed these plays between 11th and 18th November 2012.

2011

THE CUTS

Theatre Uncut was conceived when founder Hannah Price approached a group of writers to respond to the cuts in public spending proposed by the coalition government. The plays created were:

Hi Vis by Clara Brennan

Fragile by David Greig

Things That Make No Sense by Dennis Kelly

Housekeeping by Lucy Kirkwood

Open Heart Surgery by Laura Lomas

The Fat Man by Anders Lustgarten

A Bigger Banner by Mark Ravenhill

Whiff Whaff by Jack Thorne

These were premiered at the Southwark Playhouse in March 2011 directed by Hannah Price, Cressida Brown, Lucy Morrison and Katie McAleese, and then by Hannah Price and Stewart Laing at the Traverse Theatre Edinburgh in August 2011.

Participants across the world performed the plays between 12th and 19th March 2011.

They have been published by Oberon and can be purchased here.